CNN Veteran Fired Over Controversial Tweet

Octavia Nasr was fired after posting a tweet tribute to Hezbollah's spiritual leader also known as a terrorist.


CNN veteran Middle East editor has been fired for a controversial tweet. On Sunday, she twittered, "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot." The Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, one of Shi'ite Islam's highest religious authorities and an early mentor of the militant group Hezbollah, had passed away in Beirut. Fadlallah was a supporter of Iran's Islamic Revolution and one of the first backers of the Iraqi Dawa Party of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and is considered a terrorist by many. After 20 years, Nasr probably felt she could speak freely. We've said it before and we'll say it again, freedom of speech isn't always free.

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